Speakers | The Newsroom Summit 2019

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The Newsroom Summit 2019

05 Nov 2019 to 06 Nov 2019

Speakers | The Newsroom Summit 2019


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Editor-in-Chief, Süddeutsche Zeitung Digitale Medien, Germany

Julia Bönisch was born in Gelsenkirchen in 1980. She studied journalism and business administration at the University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt and in Indiana, USA. After her studies she travelled the world for two years for a development aid organization and joined SZ.de in 2007. In 2010 she became Head of Department and in 2012 Deputy Editor-in-Chief. Since 2017 she has been Editor-in-Chief of SZ.de and since 2018 also a member of the editorial board of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

Editor in Chief Digital, Stuttgarter Zeitung, Germany

Swantje Dake is editor-in-chief digital of the Stuttgarter Zeitung and the Stuttgarter Nachrichten since 1 June 2018. She is responsible for the editorial orientation and strategy of the digital products of the two Stuttgart newspaper brands. Prior to this position, Swantje headed the Digital Unit, the joint online editorial office of Stuttgarter Zeitung and Stuttgarter Nachrichten. Over the past two years, she has also played a decisive role in the development of cross-media editorial work. Dake will now assume overall editorial responsibility for the digital products of the press house in Stuttgart.

Head of data journalism, Bayerischer Rundfunk (ARD), Germany

Uli Köppen, a 2019 Nieman Fellow, is head of data journalism at the German public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk (ARD) and an affiliate to the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. She oversees a team of journalists, coders, and designers specializing in investigative data stories, interactive storytelling, and experimentation with new research methods such as bots and machine learning. She is a founding member of butterland, a group dedicated to slow journalism whose projects include reporting done with victims of Turkey’s clampdown on press freedom. Together with her colleagues, she has won several awards including two CIVIS Media Prizes and a Philip Meyer Award as part of the first non-American team.

Vice President for Editorial Development, Amedia, Norway

Jostein Larsen Østring is the Vice President for Editorial development in the Norwegian media company Amedia.

Amedia is Norway's largest local media company with 64 newspapers. Østring leads Amedia's editorial development team, which is responsible for readership analysis and developing editorial strategies.

The team of editoral development works with all parts of the editorial process, including journalistic content, organizing the newsroom, data driven journalism, and video.

Østring is a former journalist and News Editor at Nordlys, a regional newspaper based in Tromsø, Norway.

Head of Storytelling, Tortoise Media, UK

Ravin is an innovative executive producer/journalist with 10 years experience working in news and digital media. Previously, he was the executive producer for BBC Stories – the BBC’s first digital current affairs strand, where he built an audience engagement team for Digital Current Affairs. Ravin also worked as a senior broadcast journalist for BBC News and created the first Snapchat documentary for BBC Panorama as well as developed a number of new storytelling formats for BBC News and Current Affairs.

He was identified as an “Emerging Leader” on the first BBC News Leadership programme. Before joining BBC, Ravin led the team behind NewsPoint, a digital newsgathering operation in London. His responsibilities there included finding the best user-generated video and picture content for breaking news stories, reporting on international news using social media content and acquiring and managing rights to content for clients. He also led the team that manages rights for UGC content on YouTube, helping users monetise their video when used for broadcast and across news websites.

He was previously the editor of the award-winning citizen journalism site Blottr.com and has used social media for newsgathering to cover the Arab Spring, the London Riots, the Oslo shootings, the Mumbai bomb attacks, the Syria conflict, the Boston Marathon bombings and various other breaking news events around the world.

Ravin holds an MA in International Relations from the Department of War Studies, King's College, London and a bachelor's degree in Politics & Sociology (BSc).

Chief Content Officer, Culture Trip, UK

In January 2019 Dmitry joined Culture Trip, a startup operating at the intersection of media and travel, after a career of 21 years at the BBC.

There he was responsible for developing and implementing the BBC’s digital editorial offer for 40 non-English foreign language new services. Originally from Moscow, Russia, Dmitry worked in various editorial-development roles for the digital section of BBC News. These roles required liaison between editorial, product and strategy teams in order to drive innovation and develop new ways of reaching audiences, increasing engagement across the world and, crucially, driving culture change is newsrooms. He is an experienced digital leader in content creation, specialising in growing audiences across the world, driving editorial changes in newsrooms and adapting the way organisations work in digital space, especially around content innovation and audience engagement. 

His main area of expertise is on the intersection between Editorial, Organisational, Strategy and Product sectors. 

News Director, NRK (Norwegian public service broadcaster), Norway

Helje Solberg is News Director of NRK, the Norwegian public service broadcaster. Prior to joining NRK, she was CEO/Editor of VGTV and Executive Managing Editor for VG, the largest Norwegian media house on paper and internet combined. Helje is chair of Faktisk.no, Norway's collaborative fact-checking initiative. She is on the advisory board of the World Editors Forum, is the head of the organising committee of Schibsted Journalism Awards and is on the Board of MBL (Norwegian Media Businesses’ Association). She is a member of the Oslo Editor Association and is a member of SKUP’s Advisory Committee. She has spent a year at Phillips Academy, Andover, has studied Russian, social anthropology and politics. Before becoming editor of VGTV she served as Executive Managing Editor for VG, the largest Norwegian daily. Solberg has worked for a number of Norwegian newspapers. She has experience across all platforms in VG, where she started working as a political reporter in 1994. The following year she received the SKUP Award for Investigative Journalism for the so-called “AUF Scandal” (which led to the imprisonment of former treasures and leaders of the Worker’s Youth League for membership fraud).

Director of Audience Engagement, Dagens Næringsliv, Norway

Ingeborg Volan (39) is the director of audience engagement at Dagens Næringsliv, Norway’s most prominent business newspaper. She’s an online news veteran who early saw the possibilities of reaching audiences better online. She’s very passionate about understanding news users and letting their needs shape journalism. Among other roles, Ingeborg has previously worked as the first head of social media at the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and lead the NRKbeta innovation crew. She’s also taught digital journalism at the Norwegian Institute for Journalism, been head of newsroom innovation at Adresseavisen and president of the Norwegian Online News Organization.

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